Asked if the UK Government’s new Bill to unpick the hated Northern Ireland Protocol will be a hindrance to the talks or chances of future trade deal, the White House spokeswoman said: “I don’t believe it will be.”
Instead, she indicated that the UK Government’s efforts to persuade them that the protocol is undermining the Peace process has had some success and she made it clear she believes both sides need to talk and find a compromise.
She said: “We recognize there have been challenges over the implementation of the NIP. We urge the UK and the EU to return to talk to resolve these differences.”
The Bill is being introduced because the EU has refused to compromise on the Protocol even though the initial deal agreed to its renegotiation after Brexit was completed.
It is widely believed by Brexiteers that the EU is using the Protocol as a means to punish Britain for Brexit and attempt a land grab on Northern Ireland by forcing it to stay under its rule in the Single Market.
But the decision by the White House to step back from previous threats over the trade talks has been welcomed.
Brexiteer Conservative Dudley North MP Marco Longhi, who has just returned from a trip to Brazil as the Prime Minister’s trade envoy, said: “Anybody who objectively looks at how the NI Protocol is functioning now will conclude that it is in fact dysfunctional.
“The UK government has, repeatedly and at length, tried to resolve the practical issues in good faith. But good faith is required on both sides and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the EU have not negotiated in good faith.
“So the time is right to take legislative action so that NI is not treated differently from the rest of the U.K. and it is pleasing to see that the US have announced that such action would not affect any U.K. – US trade deal, why should it?”
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However, over the weekend, Express.co.uk revealed polling which shows that Ms Pelosi’s veto on a UK/US trade deal is set to come to an end in November with a crushing defeat in the Midterm elections.
The exclusive Democracy Institute poll for Express.co.uk shows that the Republicans, who strongly support a UK trade deal, will seize control of both Houses of Congress.
It means that the powerful Irish lobby in the Democrats will be marginalised.
Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney this morning again attacked the UK Government’s Northern Ireland Bill but admitted the two lane solution for goods it proposes is “possible and workable.”
But on the Bill in general he added: “I think this is not consistent with international law and the British government’s obligations under international law and I think that will be shown in time.”
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